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CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM

Each public school student shall master the basic skills and knowledge necessary for managing the dual roles of family member and wage earner and for gaining entry-level employment in a high-skill, high-wage job or continuing the student's education at the post-secondary level.  Education Code 29.181

The Board may offer and oversee career and technology classes and other educational programs for students.  In developing a career and technology program, the Board shall consider the state plan for career and technology education.   Education Code 29.183

DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT IN CAREER AND TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

The Board may develop and offer a program that provides a rigorous course of study consistent with the required curriculum [see EHAA] and under which a student may:

  1. Receive specific education in a career and technology profession that leads to postsecondary education or meets or exceeds business or industry standards;
  2. Obtain from TSBVI an award for distinguished achievement in career and technology education and a stamp or other notation on the student’s transcript that indicates receipt of the award.

An award granted under this section is not in lieu of a diploma or certificate of coursework completion.  [See EI]

In developing the program, the Board shall consider the state plan for career and technology education.  The Board must submit the proposed program to the Commissioner of Education in accordance with criteria established by the Commissioner.

Contracts with Other Entities

The Board may contract with an entity listed in Education Code 29.184(a) [see EEL] for assistance in developing the program or providing instruction to TSBVI students participating in the program.  The board may also contract with a local business or a local institution of higher education for assistance in developing or operating a career and technology education program.  A program may provide education in areas of technology unique to Central Texas.

Insurance

The Board may provide insurance to protect a business that contracts with TSBVI under this provision.  [See CRB]

Education Code 29.187

APPLICABILITY

The following provisions apply to the School in the event TSBVI receives federal career and technical education funds.  19 TAC 75.1021

Program Evaluation

The School shall annually evaluate its career and technical education programs. 19 TAC 75.1025

Special Populations

All TSBVI students shall be provided career and technical services in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws, regulations and rules.  19 TAC 75.1023(a)

Definition

In this policy, a "member of a special population" who may be eligible to attend TSBVI includes:

  1. An individual with a visual impairment disability [see EHBAB];
  2. An individual with a visual impairment from an economically disadvantaged family, including low income youth and adults;
  3. A visually impaired individual preparing for nontraditional fields of training and employment;
  4. A single parent, including single a pregnant woman with visual impairment(s) who is under age 23;
  5. An out-of-workforce individual who is under 23 with visual impairments;
  6. An English learner with a visual impairment who is under the age of 23;
  7. A homeless individual with visual impairments described in Section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act;
  8. Visually impaired youth who are in, or have aged out of, the foster care system but are still under the age of 23 and
  9. Visually impaired youth with a parent who is a member of the armed forces and is on active duty.

20 U.S.C. 2302(29)

Students with Disabilities

A TSBVI student shall be provided career and technical education in accordance with all applicable federal law and regulations, including the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) of 2004 and it implementing regulations, state statutes, and rules of the SBOE and the Commissioner.

A TSBVI student shall be instructed in accordance with the student's individualized educational program (IEP), in the least restrictive environment, as determined by the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee.  If a student with a disability is unable to receive a free appropriate public education (educational benefit) in a regular career and technical education program, using supplementary aids and services, the student may be served in separate programs designed to address the student’s occupational/training needs, such as career and technical education for students with disabilities (CTED).  [See EHBA]

A TSBVI student is an eligible participant in career and technology education when the following requirements are met:

  1. The ARD Committee shall include a representative from career and technical education, preferably the teacher, when considering initial or continued placement of a student in career and technical education program;
  2. Planning for the student shall be coordinated among career and technical education, special education, and state rehabilitation agencies and should include a coherent sequence of courses;
  3. The School shall monitor to determine if the instruction being provided TSBVI students with disabilities in career and technical education classes is consistent with those students' IEPs;
  4. The School shall provide supplementary services that each TSBVI student needs to successfully complete a career and technical education program, such as curriculum modification, equipment modification, classroom modification, supportive personnel, and instructional aids and devices;
  5. The School shall help fulfill the transitional services requirements of the IDEA of 2004 and implementing regulations, state statutes, and rules of the Commissioner for each student with a disability who is completing a coherent sequence of career and technical education courses.
  6. When determining placement in a career and technical classroom, the ARD Committee shall consider a student's graduation plan, the content of the individual transition plan, the IEP, and classroom supports. Enrollment numbers should not create a harmful effect on student learning for a student with or without disabilities in accordance with the provisions in the IDEA of 2004 and its implementing regulations.

19 TAC 75.1023

Student Organizations

The School may use federal career and technical education funds to provide opportunities for student participation in approved student leadership organizations and assist career and technical student organizations in accordance with all applicable federal and state laws, rules, and regulations.   A student shall not, however, be required to join a career and technical student organization.  Student participation in career and technical student organizations shall be governed in accordance with 19 Administrative Code Chapter 76 (relating to extracurricular activities).

The following career and technical student organizations are recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and TEA:

  1. Business Professionals of America (BPA);
  2. Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA);
  3. Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA);
  4. Future Farmers of America (FFA);
  5. Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA);
  6. Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA);
  7. Technology Student Association (TSA); and
  8. Skills USA.

19 TAC 75.1024 [See FM]

Adopted:             1/24/97

Amended:          1/30/04, 1/28/05, 4/5/13, 9/27/19

Reviewed:

Students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing must have an education in which their unique communication mode is respected, used, and developed to an appropriate level of proficiency.  Education Code 29.303; 34 CFR 300.8(a), (c)(3), (c)(5)

PERSONNEL

A student who is deaf or hard-of-hearing must have an education in which teachers, psychologists, speech therapists, progress assessors, administrators, and others involved in education understand the unique nature of deafness and the hard-of-hearing condition. A teacher of deaf or hard-of-hearing students either must be proficient in appropriate language modes or use an interpreter certified in appropriate language modes if certification is available. Regular and special personnel who work with students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing must be adequately prepared to provide educational instruction and services to those students.

The School shall employ or provide access to appropriate qualified staff with proficient communication skills, consistent with credentialing requirements, to fulfill the responsibilities of the School and shall make positive efforts to employ qualified individuals with disabilities.

Education Code 29.304; 34 CFR 300.8(a), (c)(3), (c)(5)

INVOLVEMENT OF OTHERS

Students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing must have an education in which parents or legal guardians and advocates for parents or legal guardians are involved in determining the extent, content, and purpose of programs. Other individuals may be involved at the discretion of parents or legal guardians or the School.  Education Code 29.306

Students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing shall be given the opportunity to be exposed to deaf or hard-of-hearing role models.  Education Code 29.307

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

If the School has students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, it shall include in its local special education advisory committee persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing and parents or students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, if practicable.  Education Code 29.309

ASSESSMENT

The School shall not discriminate on the basis of race, culture, or sex when selecting and administering procedures and materials for assessment and placement of students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  Education Code 29.310(a); 19 TAC 89.1011 et seq

PLACEMENT

A single assessment instrument may not be the sole criterion for determining the placement of a student who is deaf or hard-of-hearing.  Education Code 29.310(b)

Procedures and materials for the assessment and placement of a student who is deaf or hard-of-hearing shall be in the student's preferred mode of communication. All other procedures and materials used with any student who is deaf or hard-of-hearing and who has limited English proficiency shall be in the student's preferred mode of communication.  Education Code 29.210(c)

DEAF OR HARD-OF-HEARING PROGRAMS

Programs for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing must be coordinated with other public and private agencies, including agencies operating early childhood intervention programs, preschools, agencies operating child development programs, nonpublic non-sectarian schools, agencies operating regional occupational centers and programs, and the Texas School for the Deaf. The programs must also be coordinated with post-secondary and adult programs for persons who are deaf or hard-of-hearing.  Education Code 29.311

COUNSELING

Appropriate psychological counseling services for a student who is deaf or hard-of-hearing shall be made available in the student's primary mode of communication. Appropriate auditory systems shall be used with students who are hard-of-hearing, if required by the ARD committee.  Education Code 29.312

EVALUATION

The School must provide continuous evaluation of the effectiveness of programs for students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing. If practicable, the evaluations shall follow program excellence indicators established by TEA.  Education Code 29.313

TRANSITION TO REGULAR CLASS

In addition to satisfying requirements under state and federal law for vocational training, the School shall develop and implement a transition plan for transition of students who are deaf or hard-of-hearing into a regular class program if the student is to be transferred from a special class or center or from a nonpublic, non-sectarian school into a regular class for any part of the school day. The transition plan must provide for activities to integrate the students into the regular education program and to support the transition of the student from the special education program into the regular education program.  Education Code 29.314

Adopted:         1/24/97

Amended:       9/27/19

Reviewed:       1/28/05

Mandatory RECOGNITION DATES

TSBVI shall regularly observe the following recognition days, weeks, and months by appropriate programs, celebrations, and activities:

Women’s Independence Day

August 26:  Women’s Independence Day, to commemorate the ratification in 1920 of the Nineteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which guaranteed women the right to vote.  Gov’t Code 662.051

Texas First Responders Day

September 11:  Texas First Responders Day, in honor of the bravery, courage, and determination of Texas men and women who assist others in emergencies.  Texas First Responders Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies in the public schools to honor Texas first responders. TSBVI may determine the appropriate ceremonies by which Texas observes Texas First Responders Day.  Gov’t Code 662.050

Constitution Day

September 17:  A school that receives federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program for their students on the United States Constitution .  Pub. L. 108-447 (2004)

Celebrate Freedom Week

Week of September 17:  Celebrate Freedom Week, to educate students about the sacrifices made for freedom in the founding of this country and the values on which this country was founded.  [See CELEBRATE FREEDOM WEEK, below] Education Code 29.907

American Indian Heritage Day

The last Friday in September is celebrated in recognition of the historic, cultural, and social contributions American Indian communities and leaders have made to Texas. American Indian Heritage Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs in public schools to honor American Indians in Texas and to celebrate the rich traditional and contemporary American Indian culture.  Gov’t Code 662.057

Hydrocephalus Awareness Month

September:  Hydrocephalus Awareness Month, to:

  1. Increase public awareness of hydrocephalus, a serious neurological condition characterized by the abnormal buildup of cerebrospinal fluids in the ventricles of the brain; and
  2. Encourage the development of partnerships between the federal government, health care professionals, and patient advocacy groups to advance the public’s understanding of the condition, improve the diagnosis and treatment of the condition, and support research for a cure.

Hydrocephalus Awareness Month shall be regularly observed by appropriate activities in public schools to increase awareness of hydrocephalus.

Gov’t Code 662.106

Father of Texas Day

November 3:  Father of Texas Day, in memory of Stephen F. Austin, the great pioneer patriot and the real and true Father of Texas.  Father of Texas Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate and patriotic programs in the public schools to properly commemorate the birthday of Stephen F. Austin and to inspire a greater love for this beloved state.  Gov’t Code 662.045

Sam Rayburn Day

January 6:  Sam Rayburn Day, in memory of that great Texas and American statesman, Sam Rayburn on his birthday.  Gov’t Code 662.041

State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day

February 19:  State of Texas Anniversary Remembrance Day (STAR Day), in honor of Texas joining the Union and the day that James Pinckney Henderson became the first governor of the State of Texas in 1846.  STAR Day shall be regularly observed by appropriate and patriotic programs in the public schools to properly commemorate the annexation of this state and to inspire a greater appreciation for the history of this state.  Gov’t Code 662.047

Texas History Month

March:  Texas History Month, to promote Texas history in honor of those Texans who helped shape the history of the State of Texas and in recognition of events throughout Texas’ history.  Gov’t Code 662.102

School Paraprofessional Day

The second Wednesday in May:  Public School Paraprofessional Day, in recognition of education paraprofessionals including teacher assistants, instructional aides, educational trainers, library attendants, bilingual assistants, special education associates, mentors, and tutors.  Gov’t Code 662.049

Texas Military Heroes Day

To educate students about the sacrifices made by brave Texans who have served in the armed forces of the United States, the governor shall designate a day to be known as Texas Military Day in public schools.

Texas Military Heroes Day shall include appropriate instruction, as determined by the School. Instruction may include:

  1. Information about persons who have served in the armed forces of the United States and are from the community or the geographic area in which the district is located; and
  2. Participation, in person or using technology, in age-appropriate learning projects at battlefields and gravesites associated with a person who has served in the armed forces.

Education Code 29.9071

Optional Recognition Dates

In addition, the School may observe the following recognition days, weeks, or months, by appropriate celebrations and activities:

Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day

Third Wednesday of September:  Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day, in memory of the significant contributions to the Mexican American civil rights movement of Dr. Hector P. Garcia, a distinguished physician and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the founder of the American GI Forum, which promotes civil rights protection of Hispanic veterans and all Americans.  Dr. Garcia, a World War II hero, was awarded a Bronze Star Medal with six battle stars in recognition of his meritorious service to the United States. Dr. Hector P. Garcia Day may be regularly observed by appropriate ceremonies and activities in the public schools to properly commemorate the importance of the contributions made by Dr. Garcia.  Gov’t Code 662.055

Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month

October:  Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month, to increase public awareness of the many achievements of people with disabilities; encourage public understanding of the disability rights movement; and reaffirm the local, state, and federal commitment to providing equality and inclusion

for people with disabilities. The School may elect to observe Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month and determine the appropriate activities by which the School observes Persons with Disabilities History and Awareness Month.  Gov’t Code 662.109  TSBVI celebrates White Cane Day in October every year and invites alumni to return to campus.  The White Cane has become a symbol for independence and capability.

Texas Native Plant Week

Third week in October:  Texas Native Plant Week, to celebrate the native plants of Texas. Texas Native Plant Week may be regularly observed in public schools with programs to appreciate, explore, and study Texas native plants.  Gov’t Code 662.154

Lung Cancer Awareness Month

November:  Lung Cancer Awareness Month, to increase awareness of lung cancer and encourage funding of research and more effective treatments. Lung Cancer Awareness Month may be regularly observed by appropriate activities in public schools to increase the awareness of lung cancer and support for lung cancer research.  Gov’t Code 662.104

Human Trafficking Prevention Month

January is Human Trafficking Prevention Month to increase awareness of human trafficking in an effort to encourage people to alert authorities to any suspected incidents involving human trafficking. Human Trafficking Prevention Month may be regularly observed through appropriate activities in public schools and other places to increase awareness and prevention of human trafficking.  Gov’t Code 662.107

Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

January 9:  Law Enforcement Appreciation Day may be regularly observed in public schools and other places through appropriate activities.  Gov’t Code 662.065

Iwo Jima Day

February 19:  Iwo Jima Day, in memory of the heroism and courage of the men and women of the armed forces of the United States who participated in the successful capture of the island of Iwo Jima beginning February 19, 1945.  Iwo Jima Day may be regularly observed through appropriate activities in public schools and other places.  Gov’t Code 662.062

Child Safety Month

April:  Child Safety Month, in recognition of the children of this state as this state’s most precious resource.  Child Safety Month is meant to ensure that the children of this state grow up in a safe and supportive environment by promoting their protection and care through increased public awareness of ways to reduce accidental injury and death through the use of bicycle helmets, seat belts, safety and booster seats, and smoke alarms, and the dangers presented to children by unattended and unlocked vehicles and by being left in closed vehicles during hot or sunny weather.  Child Safety Month may be regularly observed by appropriate celebrations and activities in public schools to promote the protection and care of children in this state.  Gov’t Code 662.105

Sexual Assault Awareness Month

April:  Sexual Assault Awareness Month, to increase awareness and prevention of sexual assault. Sexual Assault Awareness Moth may be regularly observed through appropriate activities in public schools and other places to increase awareness and prevention of sexual assault.  Gov’t Code 662.111

CELEBRATE FREEDOM WEEK

Appropriate Instruction

The week in which September 17 falls is designated as Celebrate Freedom Week in public schools.  For purposes of this section, Sunday is considered the first day of the week.  Education Code 29.907

Each social studies class shall include, during Celebrate Freedom Week or during another full school week as determined by the Board, appropriate instruction concerning the intent, meaning, and importance of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution, including the Bill of Rights, in their historical context.

The study of the Declaration of Independence must include the study of the relationship of the ideas expressed in that document to subsequent American history, including the relationship of its ideas to the rich diversity of our people as a nation of immigrants, the American Revolution, the formulation of the United States Constitution, and the abolitionist movement, which led to the Emancipation Proclamation and the women's suffrage movement.

19 TAC 74.33(a)

Recitation

The School shall require that, during Celebrate Freedom Week or other prescribed week of instruction, students in grades 3-12 study and recite the following text:  "We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness - That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among men, deriving their Just Powers from the Consent of the Governed."

Exception

The School shall excuse from recitation a student:

  1. Whose parent or guardian submits a written request that the student be excused;
  2. Who, as determined by the School, has a conscientious objection to the recitation; or
  3. Who is the child of a representative of a foreign government to whom the United States government extends diplomatic immunity.

19 TAC 74.33(b), .36

GENERATION TEXAS WEEK

Each school offering middle school, junior high school, or high school grade levels shall designate one week during the school year as Generation Texas Week.  During the designated week, each middle school, junior high school, and high school shall provide students with comprehensive grade-appropriate information about the pursuit of higher education, including:

  1. Higher education options;
  2. Standard admission requirements for institutions of higher education, including:
  3. Overall high school grade point average;
  4. Required curriculum;
  5. College readiness standards and expectations as determined under Education Code 28.008; and
  6. Scores necessary on generally recognized tests or assessment instruments used in admissions determinations, including the Scholastic Assessment Test and the American College Test;
  7. Automatic admission of certain students to general academic teaching institutions under Education Code 51.803 [see EIC]; and
  8. Financial aid availability and requirements, including the financial aid information provided by counselors under Education Code 33.007(b) [see EJ].

In addition, each middle school, junior high school, and high school shall provide to students at least one public speaker to promote the importance of higher education.

Education Code 29.911

CHARACTER EDUCATION

TSBVI may provide a character education program, which must:

  1. Stress positive character traits, such as:
  2. Courage;
  3. Trustworthiness, including honesty, reliability, punctuality, and loyalty;
  4. Integrity;
  5. Respect and courtesy;
  6. Responsibility, including accountability, diligence, perseverance, and self-control;
  7. Fairness, including justice and freedom from prejudice;
  8. Caring, including kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, patience, generosity, and charity;
  9. Good citizenship, including patriotism, concern for the common good and the community, and respect for authority and the law; and
  10. School pride;
  11. Use integrated teaching strategies; and
  12. Be age appropriate.

In developing or selecting a character education program under this section, the School shall consult with a committee selected by the School that consists of parents of School students, educators, and other members of the community, including community leaders.

The provisions above do not require or authorize proselytizing or indoctrinating concerning any specific religious or political belief.

Education Code 29.906

STUDENT ELECTIONS

An election for the participation of students in first through 12th grades may be held in conjunction with a general or special election.  The student election may be ordered by:

  1. The commissioners court, for a student election held in conjunction with an election ordered by the governor or a county authority; or
  2. The governing body of a political subdivision, for a student election held in conjunction with an election of the political subdivision.

A student election may be held only on election day or the day before election day.

The authority ordering a student election shall specify in the order each grade that may participate in the election.  A student in a specified grade may enter a precinct polling place for the purpose of casting an unofficial ballot in the student election on the same offices and measures that appear on the official ballot.

The election officers serving in the official election may not serve in the student election.  The authority ordering a student election shall appoint a separate set of election officers to conduct the student election, supervise the participating students, and tabulate and report the results of that election.  The authority ordering a student election shall make the results of that election available to the public but only after the polling places are closed on election day.

An alternative location may be selected by the ordering authority if it is not feasible to hold the student mock election in the same polling area as the regular election.  The alternate location should be selected to serve the convenience of the students.

Expenses incurred in the conduct of a student election, including any personnel expenses, may be paid only from private grant funds or donations.

Election Code 276.007; Texas Administrative Code 81.301

CPR INSTRUCTION

TSBVI may accept from TEA donations the agency receives under Education Code 7.026 for use in providing instruction to students in the principles and techniques of Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).  The School may accept other donations, including donations of equipment, for use in providing CPR instruction.  Education Code 29.903

Adopted:         1/28/05

Amended:       11/18/05, 4/5/13, 11/15/18

Reviewed:

NOTICE TO PARENTS

Each school year, TSBVI shall notify the parent of each student enrolled in grade 9 or above of the availability of programs under which a student may earn college credit, including advanced placement programs, joint high school and college credit programs, and international baccalaureate programs.  The notice must include the name and contact information of any public or private entity offering such a program.

TSBVI may provide the notice on TSBVI’s Internet website. As a state agency with a unique legislatively mandated mission, TSBVI does not currently offer dual credit but allows students in high school to attend classes at both McCallum High School and Austin Community College.

Education Code 28.010

Note:   For information on dual credit courses available through the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN), see EHDE.

COLLEGE CREDIT PROGRAM

TSBVI shall implement a program under which students may earn the equivalent of at least 12 semester credit hours of college credit in high school.  If requested a public institution of higher education in this state shall assist the School in developing and implementing the program.  The college credit may be earned through:

  1. International baccalaureate or advanced placement courses;
  2. Articulated postsecondary courses provided for local credit or articulated postsecondary advanced technical credit courses provided for state credit; or
  3. Any combination of the courses in items 1 and 2.

Annually, TSBVI shall report to TEA:

  1. The number of students, including career and technical students, who have participated in the program; and
  2. The courses in which participating students have earned high school credit under this section.

The program may provide a student the opportunity to earn credit for a course or activity, including an apprenticeship or training hours:

  1. That satisfies a requirement necessary to obtain an industry recognized credential or certificate or an associate degree, and is approved by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board: and
  2. For which a student may earn credit concurrently toward both the student’s high school diploma and postsecondary academic requirements.

If the local school district offers dual credit, a dual credit course must be:

  1. In the core curriculum of the public institution of higher education providing college credit;
  2. A career and technical education course; or
  3. A foreign language course.

The requirements above do not apply to a dual credit course offered as part of the early college education program established under Education Code 29.908 or any other early college program that assists a student in earning a certificate or an associate degree while in high school.

TSBVI is not required to pay a student’s tuition or other associated costs for taking a course under this section.

Any agreement, including a memorandum of understanding or articulation agreement, between a local school district and public institution of higher education to provide a dual credit program must:

  1. Include specific program goals aligned with statewide goals developed jointly by TEA and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board;
  2. Establish, or provide a procedure for establishing, the course credits that may be earned under the agreement, including by developing a course equivalency crosswalk or other method for equating high school courses with college courses and identifying the number of credits that may be earned for each course completed through the program;
  3. Describe the academic supports and, if applicable, guidance that will be provided to students participating in the program;
  4. Establish the district’s and the institution’s respective roles and responsibilities in providing the program and ensuring the quality and instructional rigor of the program;
  5. State the sources of funding for courses offered under the program, including, at a minimum, the sources of funding for tuition, transportation, and any required fees or textbooks for students participating in the program; and
  6. Be posted each year on the district’s and the institution’s respective websites.

Education Code 28.009

COLLEGE-LEVEL COURSES

The Board may allow a student to be awarded credit toward high school graduation for completing a college-level course. The course must be provided only in an institution of higher education that is accredited by any of the following regional accrediting associations:

  1. Southern Association of colleges and Schools
  2. Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
  3. New England Association of Colleges and Schools
  4. North Central association of Colleges and Schools
  5. Western Association of Colleges and Schools
  6. Northwest Association of Colleges and Schools

To be eligible to enroll and be awarded credit toward state graduation requirements, a student shall have the approval of the principal or other designated school official. The course(s) for which credit is awarded shall provide advanced academic instruction beyond, or in greater depth, than the essential knowledge and skills for the equivalent high school course.

19 TAC 74.25

DUAL CREDIT PROGRAM - DEFINITIONS

For purposes of the following provisions, “college” means any public technical institute, public junior college, public senior college or university, medical or dental unit, public state college, or other agency of higher education as defined by Education Code 61.003.

“Dual credit” means the system under which an eligible high school student enrolls in college course(s) and receives simultaneous academic credit for the course(s) from both the college and high school.

19 TAC 4.83(2), (4), (7)

Partnership Agreements with Public Colleges

TSBVI may enter into an agreement with a public college to form a dual credit partnership in accordance with 19 Administrative Code Chapter 4, Subchapter D.  Education Code 130.008; 19 TAC Ch. 4, Subch. D

Community College Jurisdiction

TSBVI may enter into an agreement with a community college district, regardless of whether the high school is located within the service area of the community college district, to offer a course as provided by Education Code 130.008 but only if the community college district that serves the area where the high school is located is unable to provide the requested course to the satisfaction of TSBVI.  Education Code 130.008(d)–(d-1)

A course offered for joint high school and junior college credit must be:

  1. In the core curriculum of the public junior college:
  2. A career and technical education course; or
  3. A foreign language course.

These requirements do not apply to a course offered for joint high school and junior college credit to a student as part of the early college education program established under Education Code 29.908 or any other early college program that assists a student in earning a certificate or an associate degree while in high school.

Education Code 130.008(a-1), (a-2), (d)

Student Eligibility

A high school student is eligible to enroll in academic dual credit courses and workforce education dual credit courses as permitted by 19 Administrative Code 4.85(b).

To be eligible for enrollment in a dual credit course offered by a public college, students must meet all the college’s regular prerequisite requirements designated for that course (e.g., minimum score on a specified placement test, minimum grade in a specified previous course, etc.).

An institution may impose additional requirements for enrollment in courses for dual credit that do not conflict with this selection.

An institution is not required, under the provisions of this section, to offer dual credit courses for high school students.

Qualified Instructor

A course offered for joint high school and junior college credit must be taught by a qualified instructor approved or selected by the public junior college. An instructor is qualified if the instructor holds:

  1. A doctoral or master’s degree in the discipline that is the subject of the course;
  2. A master’s degree in another discipline with a concentration that required completion of a minimum of 18 graduate semester hours in the discipline that is the subject of the course; or
  3. For a course that is offered in an associate degree program and this is not designed for transfer to a baccalaureate degree program:
  4. A degree described above;
  5. A baccalaureate degree in the discipline that is the subject of the course; or
  6. An associate degree and demonstrated competencies in the discipline that is the subject of the course, as determined by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

Not later than the 60th day after receipt, a public junior college shall approve or reject an application for approval to teach a course at a high school that is submitted by an instructor employed by the district with which the junior college entered into an agreement to offer the course.

Education Code 130.008(g), (h)

Attendance Accounting

The time during which a student attends a dual credit course, including a course provided under the college credit program, shall be counted as part of the minimum instructional hours required for a student to be considered a full-time student in average daily attendance.  [See FEB]  Education Code 42.005

The commissioner of education may approve instructional programs provided off campus by an entity other than a district as a program in which participation by a student may be counted for purposes of determining average daily attendance. Education Code 42.0052(a)

Reporting Off-Campus Programs

TSBVI may adopt a policy that allows a student to participate in an off-campus instructional program. The program must be provided only by an institution of higher education that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations specified in 19 Administrative Code 74.25 (relating to High School Credit for College Courses).

To be eligible, a student must:

  1. Be in grade 11 or 12;
  2. Have demonstrated college readiness as outlined in the requirements for participation in dual credit programs in the Student Attendance Accounting Handbook;
  3. Meet any eligibility requirements adopted by the institution of higher education; and
  4. Have the approval of the high school principal or other school official designated by the district.

The off-campus program must comply with rules adopted by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating

Board in the Texas Administrative Code, Title 19, Part 1, with respect to teacher qualifications.

19 TAC 129.1031

Time that a student participates in an off-campus instructional program approved by the commissioner under Education Code 42.0052(a) shall be counted as part of the minimum number of instructional hours required for a student to be considered a full time student in average daily attendance. Education Code 42.005(h)

Partnership Agreement

The Principal and a designated authority of a college must approve any dual credit partnership between the schools before offering such courses.

The partnership agreement must address:

  1. Eligible courses;
  2. Student eligibility;
  3. Location of class;
  4. Student composition of class;
  5. Faculty selection, supervision, and evaluation;
  6. Course curriculum, instruction, and gathering;
  7. Academic policies and student support services;
  8. Transcripting of credit; and
  9. Funding; and
  10. Defined sequence of courses, where applicable.

19 TAC 4.84–.85

INSTRUCTIONAL PARTNERSHIPS WITH COMMUNITY COLLEGE DISTRICTS

Types of instructional partnerships between TSBVI and a community college district include:

  1. Award of High School Credit Only (see High School Credit-Only Courses, below).
  2. Award of Concurrent Course Credit (see Dual Credit Programs, above).
  3. Tech-Prep Programs (see Tech-Prep Programs, below).
  4. Remedial or Developmental Instruction (see Remedial Programs, below).

19 TAC 9.143

Agreement

For any educational partnership between TSBVI and a community college district, an agreement must be approved by the Board or designee of both the School and the college . The partnership agreement must address the following:

  1. Student eligibility requirements.
  2. Faculty qualifications.
  3. Location and student composition of classes.
  4. Provision of student learning and support services.
  5. Eligible courses.
  6. Grading criteria.
  7. Transcripting of credit.
  8. Funding provisions.

19 TAC 9.144

High School Credit-Only Courses

TSBVI may contract with a community college district for the college district to provide coursework necessary for students to complete high school as described in 19 Administrative Code 9.125.  TSBVI and the college district shall negotiate an agreed cost for instruction.  19 TAC 9.125, .143(a)

Tech-Prep Programs

TSBVI may partner with a college district to allow for the articulation of high school technical courses taught by the high school to high school students for immediate high school credit and later college credit, to be awarded upon enrollment of the students in the college district in an associate degree or certificate program.  19 TAC 9.143(c)

Remedial Programs

The Board may contract, as outlined in 19 Administrative Code 9.125, with the board of Austin Community College (ACC) for the college district to provide remedial programs for students enrolled in TSBVI’s secondary schools in preparation for graduation from secondary school and entrance into college.  TSBVI and the college district shall negotiate an agreed cost for instruction.  Remedial and developmental courses may not be offered for dual credit.  Education Code 130.090; 19 TAC 9.125, .143(d), .146

Community colleges may provide instruction to high school students for either remedial course work to prepare students to pass the required State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness End-of-Course (STAAR EOC) assessments or developmental course work to prepare the students to pass an assessment instrument approved by the Board under 19 Administrative Code 4.56 (relating to Assessment Instruments).

High school students who have passed all of the STAAR EOC assessments with the high school graduation standard may be permitted to enroll in state-funded developmental courses offered by a community college at the college’s discretion if a need for such course work is indicated by student performance on an assessment instrument approved by the Board under 19 Administrative Code 4.56 (relating to Assessment Instruments).

TSBVI and ACC shall negotiate an agreed cost for instruction. Remedial and developmental courses may not be offered for dual credit.

Education Code 130.090; 19 TAC 9.125, . 143(d), .146

An institution of higher education shall use the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Assessment offered by the College Board as the only approved assessment instrument.  19 TAC 4.56

College Preparatory Courses

College preparatory courses are locally developed through a memorandum of understanding created between the School and community colleges.  19 TAC 9.147

CERTAIN ACADEMIES

The School shall grant a maximum of two years' credit toward the academic course requirements for high school graduation for courses a student successfully completes at the Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities (at Lamar University – Beaumont), the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science (at the University of Texas – Brownsville or University of North Texas – Denton), or the Texas Academy of International Studies (at Texas A&M University – Laredo).  Education Code 28.024

Adopted:         11/19/99

Amended:       1/28/05, 4/5/13, 11/15/18

Reviewed:

DISTANCE LEARNING AND CORRESPONDENCE COURSES

Credit toward state graduation requirements may be granted for distance learning and correspondence courses only as follows:

  1. The institution offering the correspondence course is The University of Texas at Austin, Texas Tech University, or another public institution of higher education approved by the commissioner.
  2. Students may earn course credit through distance learning technologies, such as satellite, Internet, two-way videoconferencing, online courses, the Texas Virtual School Network (TxVSN), and instructional television.
  3. The distance learning courses must include the state-required essential knowledge and skills for such the course.

19 TAC 74.23

TEXAS VIRTUAL SCHOOL NETWORK  

The TxVSN is a state-led initiative for online learning authorized by Education Code Chapter 30A.  The TxVSN is a partnership network administered by TEA in coordination with regional education service centers (ESCs), Texas public school districts and charter schools, and institutions of higher education.

The TxVSN is comprised of two components—the online school (OLS) program and the statewide course catalog.

19 TAC 70.1001(4)

Online School (OLS) Program

 “Online School (OLS) program” is a full-time, virtual instructional program that is made available through an approved provider district and is designed to serve students in grades 3–12 who are not physically present at school.  19 TAC 70.1001(7)

Applicability

Unless a district chooses to participate in providing an electronic course or an electronic diagnostic assessment under Education Code Chapter 30A to a student who is located on the physical premises of a school district or open-enrollment charter school, Chapter 30A does not affect the provision of a course to such a student.

Requirements imposed by or under Education Code Chapter 30A do not apply to a virtual course provided by TSBVI only to TSBVI students if the course is not provided as part of the TxVSN.

Education Code 30A.004

Adopted:          1/28/05

Amended:        4/5/13, 9/20/13, 8/9/19

Reviewed:

AWARD OF CREDIT

The award of credit for a course affirms that a student has satisfactorily met state and local requirements.  19 TAC 74.26(a)

Credit for courses for high school graduation may be earned only if the student received a grade equivalent to 70 on a scale of 100, based upon the essential knowledge and skills of each course.  Credit earned toward state graduation requirements by a student in an accredited school district shall be transferable and accepted by any other school district in the state.  19 TAC 74.26(a)(1), (c)

Early Award of Credit

The School may offer courses designated for grades 9-12 in earlier grade levels.  Credit must be awarded if the student has demonstrated achievement by meeting the standard requirements of the course, including demonstrated proficiency in the subject matter, regardless of the time the student received instruction in the course or the grade level at which proficiency was attained.  The academic achievement record (transcript) shall reflect that students have satisfactorily completed courses at earlier grade levels from grades 9-12 and have been awarded state graduation credits.  19 TAC 74.26(b)

Partial Award

TSBVI has the discretion to award credit proportionately to a student who is able to successfully complete only one semester of a two-semester course.  19 TAC 74.26(d)

TSBVI shall award credit proportionately to a student who is homeless or in substitute care who successfully completes only one semester of a two-semester course.  19 TAC 74.26(e)

Attendance for Credit or Final Grade

Unless credit is awarded by the attendance committee or regained in accordance with a principal’s plan [see FEC], a student may not be given credit for a class unless the student is in attendance for at least 90 percent of the days the class is offered.  Education Code 25.092

Advanced Courses

The following are considered "advanced courses" for the purposes of this policy:

  1. English Language Arts: All College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline and high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One);
  2. Fine Arts: All College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline, high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One), Dance IV (not to include drill team activities), Art IV, Music IV, and Theatre IV;
  3. Languages other than English: All College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline and high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One), and languages other than English courses Levels IV-VII;
  4. Mathematics: All College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline, high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One), and Precalculus;
  5. Science: All College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline, and high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One); and

Social Studies: Social Studies Advanced Studies, Economics Advanced Studies, all College Board advanced placement courses and International Baccalaureate courses in the discipline and high school/college concurrent enrollment classes that are included in the Community College General Academic Course Guide Manual (Part One). 

The School may identify additional advanced courses, but must do so before the semester in which any exemptions related to extracurricular activities occur. 

19 TAC 74.30

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS – SPECIAL EDUCATION

The ARD committee determines the graduation requirements for each student as defined in 19 TAC 89.1070 including consideration of the student’s Expanded Core Curriculum and transition needs.  Transition services may be provided until a student meets age limitations, or sooner if transition needs are met.

The School shall cooperate with public and private agencies and organizations serving students and other persons with visual impairments in the planning, development, and implementation of effective educational and rehabilitative service delivery systems associated with educating students with visual impairments.  To maximize and make efficient use of state facilities, funding, and resources, the services provided in this area may include conducting a cooperative program with other agencies to serve students who have graduated from high school by completing all academic requirements applicable to students in regular education, excluding satisfactory performance under Section 39.025, who are younger than 22 years of age on September 1 of the school year and who have identified needs related to vocational training, independent living skills orientation and mobility, social and leisure skills, compensatory skills, or remedial academic skills.

Education Code 30.021; 19 TAC 89.1070

Termination of Eligibility

  1. Graduation with a regular high school diploma under subsection B.1, 2, or 4 of this section may terminate a student's eligibility for special education services under this subchapter and Part B of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 20 United States Code, §§1400 et seq. In addition, as provided in Texas Education Code, §42.003(a), graduation with a regular high school diploma under subsection B. 1, 2, or 4 of this section may terminate a student's entitlement to the benefits of the Foundation School Program.
  2. A student receiving special education services may graduate and be awarded a regular high school diploma if the student meets one of the following conditions:

Completed Regular State Standards for Recommended or Distinguished Programs or Foundation Graduation Program with Endorsements

  1. The student has satisfactorily completed the state's or district's (whichever is greater) required standards in Chapters 110-128 and Chapter 130 of this title and credit requirements for graduation (under the recommended or distinguished achievement high school programs in Chapter 74 of this title (relating to Curriculum Requirements)) applicable to students in general education, including satisfactory performance as established in the TEC, Chapter 39, on the required state assessments.

Completed State Standards for Minimum Program or Foundation Graduation Program

  1. The student has satisfactorily completed the state's or district's (whichever is greater) required standards in Chapters 110-128 and Chapter 130 of this title and credit requirements for graduation (under the minimum high school program in Chapter 74 of this title) applicable to students in general education, including participation in required state assessments. The student's admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee will determine whether satisfactory performance on the required state assessments is necessary for graduation.

Completed IEP Requirements and Modified State Standards for Minimum Program or Foundation Graduation Program

  1. The student has satisfactorily completed the state's or district's (whichever is greater) required standards in Chapters 110-128 and Chapter 130 of this title through courses, one or more of which contain modified content that is aligned to the standards required under the minimum high school program in Chapter 74 of this title as well as the credit requirements under the minimum high school program, including participation in required state assessments. The student's ARD committee will determine whether satisfactory performance on the required state assessments is necessary for graduation. The student graduating under this subsection must also successfully complete the student's individualized education program (IEP) and meet one of the following conditions, consistent with the IEP:
    1. full-time employment, based on the student's abilities and local employment opportunities, in addition to sufficient self-help skills to enable the student to maintain the employment without direct and ongoing educational support of the local school district;
    2. demonstrated mastery of specific employability skills and self-help skills which do not require direct ongoing educational support of the local school district; or
    3. access to services which are not within the legal responsibility of public education or employment or educational options for which the student has been prepared by the academic program.

Completed IEP and Ages Out

  1. The student no longer meets age eligibility requirements and has completed the requirements specified in the IEP by age 22.

ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT RECORD

Following guidelines developed by the commissioner of education, TSBVI shall use the academic achievement record (transcript) form that includes demographics, school data, student data, and the record of courses and credits earned. This form shall serve as the academic record for each student and shall be maintained permanently by the School. 

Any credit earned by a student must be recorded on the academic achievement record, regardless of when the credit was earned.  A student’s performance on a state assessment, including an end-of-course assessment instrument required under Education Code 39.023(c) [see EKB] must be included in the student’s academic achievement record.

Copies of the record shall be made available to students transferring from the School.  The information may be provided to the student or to the district to which the student is transferring, or both.  The School shall respond promptly to all requests for student records from receiving districts.  [See also FD, and FL]

Education Code 28.025(e); 39.023(c-5); 19 TAC 74.5(b)-(d), 26(a)

TRANSCRIPT SEALS

Students who complete high school graduation requirements shall have attached to the academic achievement record the seal approved by the State Board of Education.  19 TAC 74.5(e)

Endorsement

Students who complete the requirements for an endorsement shall have the endorsement clearly indicated on the academic achievement record (transcript).

Performance Acknowledgment

Students who earn a performance acknowledgement shall have the performance acknowledgment clearly indicated on the academic achievement record (transcript).

Distinguished Level of Achievement

Students who earn the distinguished level of achievement shall have the distinguished level of achievement clearly indicated on the academic achievement record (transcript).

Education Code 28.025(e-1); 19 TAC 74.5(f)-(h), .11(b)

Speech Requirements

Students who demonstrate proficiency in speech as specified in 19 Administrative Code 74.11 shall have completion of the speech requirement clearly indicated on the academic achievement record (transcript).

CPR

Students who complete the required physical education instruction in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) as specified in 19 Administrative Code 74.38 in grade 9, 10, 11, or 12 shall have completion of the CPR instruction clearly indicated on the academic achievement record (transcript).

Proper Interaction with Peace Officers

Students who complete the required government class instruction on proper interaction with peace officers shall have completion of the instruction clearly indicated on the academic achievement record (transcript).  TSBVI shall clearly indicate on the academic achievement record the year in which the instruction was provided to the student.

Notation on Transcript or Diploma

TSBVI shall ensure that each student’s official transcript or diploma indicates whether the student has completed or is on schedule to complete the recommended or minimum high school curriculum or Foundation Graduation Program.

TSBVI must include this information on the student’s transcript not later than the end of the student’s junior year.

Education Code 56.308

Certificate of Coursework Completion

A student who completes all graduation requirements except for required end-of-course assessments may be issued a certificate of coursework completion.  The academic achievement record (transcript) shall include a notation of the date a certificate of completion was issued to the student.

Education Code 28.025(d); 19 TAC 74.5(i)

Adopted:         9/21/84

Amended:       10/25/85, 1/23/87, 1/26/90, 9/27/90, 5/26/94, 11/15/96, 4/1/05, 1/26/07, 6/5/13, 8/9/19

Reviewed:

Grading Policy

TSBVI shall adopt a grading policy, including provisions for the assignment of grades on class assignments and examinations, before each school year.  The grading policy:

  1. Must require a classroom teacher to assign a grade that reflects the student’s relative mastery of an assignment;
  2. May not require a classroom teacher to assign a minimum grade for an assignment without regard to the student’s quality of work; and
  3. May allow a student a reasonable opportunity to make up or redo a class assignment or examination for which the student received a failing grade.

Education Code 28.0216

Finality of Grade

An examination or course grade issued by a classroom teacher is final and may not be changed unless the grade is arbitrary, erroneous, or not consistent with the TSBVI grading policy applicable to the grade, as determined by the Board.

A determination by the Board is not subject to appeal.

This subsection does not prohibit an appeal related to a student’s eligibility to participate in extracurricular activities under Education Code 33.081.

Education Code 28.0214

Progress Reports

The Board shall require:

  1. A conference between parents and teachers;
  2. At least once every 12 weeks, written notice to a parent of a student’s performance in each class or subject; and
  3. At least once every three weeks, or during the fourth week of each nine-week grading period, written notice to a parent if a student’s performance in foundation curriculum subject [see EHAA] is consistently unsatisfactory, as determined by the School.

The notice required by the items 2 and 3 must provide for the signature of the student’s parent and

must be returned to the School.

TSBVI uses an electronic platform for communicating student grade and performance information to parents and may permit a parent to sign a required notice electronically, so long as the School retains a record verifying the parent’s acknowledgment of the required notice.  TSBVI accepts electronic signatures and offers parents the option to provide handwritten signature.

“Parent” includes a guardian, conservator, or other person having lawful control of a student.

Exceptions

These requirements do not apply to a student who:

  1. Is 18 or older and living in a different residence that the student’s parents;
  2. Is married; or
  3. Has had the disabilities of minority removed for general purposes.

Education Code 28.022

The Superintendent shall ensure that:

  1. A conference between parents and teachers will conducted at least once annually;
  2. At least once every 12 weeks, a parent will be given written notice of a student's performance in each class or subject; and
  3. At least once every three weeks, or during the fourth week of each nine-week grading period, the parent will be given written notice if a student's performance in a foundation curriculum subject is consistently unsatisfactory, as determined by TSBVI.
  4. The notice required by items 2 and 3 must provide for the signature of the student's parent and must be returned to the School.
  5. "Parent" includes a guardian, conservator, Voluntary Adult Caregiver or other person having lawful control of a student.

Exceptions

These requirements do not apply to a student who:

  1. Is 18 or older and living in a different residence than the student's parents;
  2. Is married; or
  3. Has had the disabilities of minority removed for general purposes.

Education Code 28.022(a)

Adopted:         5/30/86

Amended:       1/23/87, 11/30/90, 3/27/92, 11/15/96, 4/1/05, 11/18/05, 4/5/19

Reviewed:

 

VALEDICTORIAN AND SALUTATORIAN

The valedictorian and the salutatorian shall be the eligible students with the highest and second highest class ranking as determined by this policy who have:

  1. Completed the Recommended High School Program or the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement Program or Foundation Graduate Program with Endorsement(s).
  2. Met all course requirements or demonstrated subject mastery (course proficiency) through state-approved assessments;
  3. Met the minimum criteria for membership in the National Honor Society;
  4. Been continuously enrolled in and attending classes at TSBVI for one full regular school year immediately preceding the students’ graduation.
  5. Exhibited qualities of a good citizen including respect for others, punctuality, positive attitude, and responsibility.           

SELECTION

The valedictorian and salutatorian will be selected by a committee appointed by the Principal.

Co-Honors

In case of a tie for the position of valedictorian, the students who tie shall be recognized as covaledictorians.

In cases of a tie for the position of salutatorian, the students who tie shall be recognized as cosalutatorians.

AUTOMATIC ADMISSION TO INSTITUTION OF HIGHER EDUCATION

Each general academic teaching institution [see Education Code 61.003(3)] shall admit an applicant for admission as an undergraduate student if the applicant:

  1. Graduated:
    1. With a grade point average in the top ten percent of the student’s high school graduating class in one of the two school years preceding the academic year for which the applicant is applying for admission and submitted a complete application defined by the institution before the expiration of the institution’s established deadline; or
    2. In the top 25 percent of the student’s high school class, to the extent the governing board of a general academic teaching institution has adopted such an admission policy;

[See Class Rank, below]

  1. Graduated from a public high school in Texas accredited by a generally recognized accrediting organization;
  2. Successfully completed the Foundation, Recommended or Distinguished/Advanced Achievement High School Program or satisfied ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks on the ACT assessment or earned a score on the SAT that meets the minimum requirements described by 19 Administrative Code 5.5(b)(1)(D); and
  3. Submitted an official high school transcript or diploma that, not later than the end of the student’s junior year, indicates whether the student has satisfied the requirements outlined above regarding successful completion of the Recommended or Distinguished/Advanced Achievement High School Program.

Education Code 51.803(a); 19 TAC 5.5(b)

Exception

Beginning with admissions for the 2011–12 academic year, the University of Texas at Austin (UT) is not required to offer admission to applicants who qualify for automatic admission in excess of the number required to fill 75 percent of the University’s enrollment capacity designated for first-time resident undergraduate students in an academic year.

If the number of applicants who apply to UT for admission in the next academic year and who qualify for automatic admission exceeds 75 percent of UT’s enrollment capacity, UT shall, not later than September 15, provide to each school, for dissemination to high school juniors and their parents, notice of which percentile ranks of high school seniors who qualify for automatic admission are anticipated to be offered admission during the next school year.

Education Code 51.803(a-1)–(a-2)

Curriculum Requirements

An applicant who does not satisfy the curriculum requirements for the foundation program, the Recommended or the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Program is considered to have satisfied those requirements if the student completed the portion of the Recommended or Distinguished curriculum that was available to the student but was unable to complete the remainder solely because the necessary courses were unavailable to the student at the appropriate times in the student’s high school career as a result of course scheduling, lack of enrollment capacity, or another cause not within the student’s control.  Education Code 51.803(b)

To qualify for admission under this section, an applicant must submit an application before the expiration of any application filing deadlines and provide a transcript that satisfies the requirements listed in Education Code 51.803(d).  A student’s transcript or diploma must, not later than the student’s junior year, indicate the student’s progress toward satisfying the curriculum requirements [see EI].  Education Code 51.803 (c)-(d)

Signs to Be Posted

The Board shall require the high school to post appropriate signs in the social worker’s suite in braille and large print and each counselor's office, in each principal’s office, and in each administrative building indicating the substance of the automatic admission provisions above.  Education Code 28.026

Dissemination by Local ISD

The local school district shall provide each student, at the time the student first registers for one or more classes required for high school graduation, with a written notification concerning automatic college admission, the curriculum requirements for financial aid under Education Code, Title 3, and the benefits of completing the requirements for automatic admission and financial aid. A school district shall obtain written acknowledgement of receipt of the notification from each eligible student and student’s parent or guardian.  The notification must be signed by the student’s school counselor in addition to being signed by the student and the student’s parent or guardian.  19 TAC 61.1201

[See resident school district policies for more information about automatic admission to college.]

Education Code 28.026, 33.007(c)

Note:   The Notification of Eligibility for Automatic College Admission, is available at the TEA website http://www.tea.state.gov/index2.aspx?id=2147485632.

Class Rank

High school rank for students seeking automatic admission to a general teaching institution on the basis of their class rank is determined and reported as follows:

  1. Most recent available class rank, based on a point in time no earlier than the end of the 11th grade, shall be used for admission decision-making.
  2. The top ten percent and top 25 percent of a high school class shall not contain more than ten percent and top 25 percent, respectively, of the total class size.
  3. The student's rank shall be reported by the applicant's high school or school district as a specific number out of a specific number total class size.
  4. Class rank shall be determined by the Texas school from which the student graduated or is expected to graduate.
  5. Students taking advanced placement or honors courses will receive a weighted grade at completion.

19 TAC 5.5(f)

End-of-course assessments

A student’s performance on an end-of-course assessment instrument may not be used in determining the student’s class ranking for any purpose, including entitlement to automatic college admission. Education Code 39.0232(b)(1)

Adopted:         11/14/97

Amended:       1/30/04, 9/20/13, 8/9/18, 1/25/19

Reviewed: 

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

The application of this policy to TSBVI students is subject to the requirements of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.  Each student’s ARD Committee determines whether the student will be retained or promoted. 

STUDENT ADVANCEMENT

A student may be promoted only on the basis of academic achievement or demonstrated proficiency of the subject matter of the course or grade level.  [See EI]

In determining promotion, the School shall consider:

  1. The recommendation of the student’s teacher;
  2. The student’s grade in each subject or course;
  3. The student’s score on an assessment instrument administered under Education Code 39.023(a), (b), or (l), to the extent applicable; and
  4. Any other necessary academic information, as determined by TSBVI.

Education Code 28.021(a), (c)

GRADE ADVANCEMENT (GRADES 5 AND 8)

In addition to Board policy relating to student advancement, students in grades 5 and 8 must

demonstrate proficiency in reading and mathematics, as required by Education Code 28.021(a), in order to advance to the next grade.

A student demonstrates proficiency by meeting the passing standard on the appropriate assessment instrument specified by 19 TAC 101.2003(a) [see Grade Advancement Testing or on a state-approved alternate assessment authorized by 19 TAC 101.2011].

A student who does not demonstrate proficiency may advance to the next grade only if:

  1. The student has completed the required accelerated instruction under 19 Administrative Code 101.2006;
  2. The student's ARD Committee determines, in accordance with the standards for promotion established by the Board, that the student is likely to perform at grade level at the end of the next year given additional intensive instruction. In accordance with Education Code 28.021, to determine grade promotion, TSBVI is required to consider:
    1. The recommendation of the student’s teacher;
    2. The student’s grades;
    3. The student’s assessment scores; and
    4. Any other necessary academic information; and
  3. In accordance with Education Code 28.0211(n), TSBVI will ensure that a student who is promoted under 19 Administrative Code 101.2007 shall be assigned in each subject in which the student failed to perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument specified under Education Code 28.0211(a), to a teacher who meets all state and federal qualifications to teach that subject and grade.

19 TAC 101.2001(b)

RETENTION

The School is not precluded from retaining, in accordance with state law or Board policy, a student who performs satisfactorily on a grade advancement test.  Education Code 28.0211(g)

Students who have been retained in grade 8, in accordance with the grade advancement testing requirements, may earn course credit for high school graduation during the next school year in subject areas other than the required courses in the subject area which caused the student to be retained.  19 TAC 101.2019(a)

ENGLISH LANGUAGE LEARNERS (ell)

The Language Proficiency Assessment Committee (LPAC) shall determine appropriate assessment and acceleration options for an English Language Learner (ELL) who is administered a grade advancement test in English or Spanish, except as provided by 19 Administrative Code 101.1005.  The Grade Placement Committee (GPC) for an ELL student shall make its decisions in consultation with a member of the student's LPAC.  19 TAC 101.2003(e) [see EKBA]

A TSBVI student, including an ELL, who is enrolled in grades 5 or 8, and who is receiving instruction in the essential knowledge and skills in reading or mathematics is eligible for grade advancement testing as outlined in the official GPC manual.  The student's ARD committee shall determine appropriate assessment and acceleration options for the student.  Decisions regarding assessments for ELL students who receive special education services shall be made by the ARD committee in conjunction with the LPAC.   Education Code 28.0211(i); 19 TAC 101.2003(d), (f)

The ARD committee of a student who does not perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument in grade 5 or 8 must meet before the student is administered the assessment instrument for the second time.  The committee shall determine the manner in which the student will participate in an intensive instruction program and whether the student will be promoted in accordance with provisions below or retained.

At a meeting of the ARD committee, the Committee may promote the student to the next grade level if the committee concludes that the student has made sufficient progress in the measurable academic goals contained in the student’s IEP.  If TSBVI promotes a student, it is not required to provide an additional opportunity for the student to perform satisfactorily on the assessment instrument.

Not later than September 1 of each school year, TSBVI must notify the parent, or person standing in parental relation to a student enrolled in special education program, of the options of the ARD Committee if the student does not perform satisfactorily on an assessment instrument.   Education Code 28.0211(i), (i-1), (i-2); 19 TAC 101.2003(d), (f)

Students with Dyslexia

In measuring the academic achievement or proficiency of a student who has dyslexia, the student's potential for achievement or proficiency in the area must be considered.  Education Code 28.021(b); 19 TAC 101.2003(g) [See policies at EHB, EKB, and FB]

Adopted:         7/12/85

Amended:       1/23/87, 9/27/90, 5/28/92, 11/14/97, 11/19/99, 3/21/03, 11/18/05, 9/20/13, 8/9/19

Reviewed:      

STUDENT GRADUATION

A student may graduate and receive a diploma only if the student successfully completes:

  1. The curriculum requirements identified by the State Board of Education and has performed satisfactorily on state-required assessments [see EKB]; or
  2. An individualized education program (IEP) developed under Education Code 29.005, including Expanded Core Curriculum and transition needs.  [see EHBAB]

Education Code 28.025(c); 19 TAC 101.3022

DIPLOMA/TRANSCRIPT/CERTIFICATE OF COURSEWORK COMPLETION

Graduates of each high school are awarded the same type of diploma. The academic achievement record or transcript, rather than the diploma, records individual accomplishments, achievements, and courses completed and displays appropriate graduation seals.  19 TAC 74.61(a) [See EI for provisions regarding certificate of coursework completion]

Students Receiving Special Education

For TSBVI students, the student’s ARD committee and the local district are responsible for developing the student’s Personal Graduation Plan (PGP).  A student’s IEP developed with the parents under Education Code 29.005 will be used as the student’s PGP.  Education Code 28.0212(c); 19 TAC 89.1050(a) [See EHBAB]

A TSBVI student who successfully completes the requirements of his or her IEP, including performance on a state assessment required for graduation, shall receive a high school diploma.  A student’s admission, review, and dismissal (ARD) committee shall determine if the student will be required to meet satisfactory performance on an assessment for purposes of graduation.  19 TAC 101.3023(a) [See EKB]

PERSONAL GRADUATION PLANS (PGP)

A personal graduation plan (PGP) shall be developed by the ARD committee for each student enrolled in the middle or high school who:

  1. Does not perform satisfactorily on a state assessment instrument; or
  2. Is not likely to receive a high school diploma before the fifth school year following the student’s enrollment in grade level 9, as determined by the ARD committee.

A PGP must:

  1. Identify educational goals for the student;
  2. Include diagnostic information, appropriate monitoring and intervention, and other evaluation strategies;
  3. Include an intensive instruction program described in Education Code 28.0213 [see EHBC];
  4. Address participation of the student’s parent or guardian, including consideration of the parent’s or guardian’s educational expectations for the student; and
  5. Provide innovative methods to promote the student’s advancement, including flexible scheduling, alternative learning environments, online instruction, and other interventions that are proven to accelerate the learning process and have been scientifically validated to improve learning and cognitive ability.

In addition, TSBVI and the local district will establish for each student entering grade 9 a PGP that identifies a course of study that:

  1. Promotes college and workforce readiness;
  2. Promotes career placement and advancement; and
  3. Facilitates the student’s transition from secondary to postsecondary education.

Education Code 28.0212

STATE GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

All credit for graduation must be earned no later than grade 12.  19 TAC 74.51(b), .61(b), .71(b)

Note:        For current state graduation requirements, including those for students who entered grade 9 before the 2007-08 school year but that are not otherwise referenced in this policy, see Education Code 28.025 and 19 Administrative Code Chapter 74.  .

Minimum High School Program

TSBVI shall ensure that each student enrolls in the courses necessary to complete the Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Program unless the student, the student’s parent or other person standing in parental relation to the student, and a school counselor or school administrator agree in writing signed by each party that the student should be permitted to take courses under the Minimum High School Program and the student:

  1. Is at least 16 years of age;
  2. Has completed two credits required for graduation in each subject of the foundation curriculum under Education Code 28.002(a)(1); or
  3. Has failed to be promoted to the tenth grade one or more times as determined by the ARD committee.

A student agreeing to take courses under the Minimum High School Program may, upon request, resume taking courses under the Recommended High School Program.

Students with Disabilities

If the ARD committee places a student with a disability on a modified curriculum in a subject area, the student will be automatically placed in the Minimum High School Program.

Notice

Before a student’s parent or other person standing in parental relation to the student may agree that the student be permitted to take courses under the Minimum High School Program, a district must provide the written notice developed by TEA to the parent or person standing in parental relation explaining the benefits of the Recommended High School Program.

Applicability

A student who was permitted to take courses under the Minimum High School Program prior to the 2009–10 school year may remain in the Minimum High School Program.

Education Code 28.025(b), (b-6), (b-8); 19 TAC 74.61(c)–(e), .62–.64, .71(c), (d)

Requirements

A student must earn at least 22 credits to complete the Minimum High School Program.  A student who entered grade 9 in the 2012-13, or 2013-14 school year must demonstrate proficiency in the program requirements listed at 19 Administrative Code 74.72.  A student who entered grade 9 before the 2012-13 school year must meet the applicable program requirements listed at 19 Administrative Code Chapter 74D-F.    Education Code 28.025; 19 TAC 74.62, .72

Recommended High School Program

A student who entered grade 9 in the 2012-13 or 2013-14 school year must earn at least 26 credits to complete the Recommended High School Program.  A student must demonstrate proficiency in the program requirements listed at 19 Administrative Code 74.73.

Education Code 28.025; 19 TAC 74.63, .73

Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Program

A student who entered grade 9 in the 2012-13 or 2013-14 school year must earn at least 26 credits to complete the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Program.  A student must demonstrate proficiency in the program requirements listed at 19 Administrative Code 74.74.

A student who entered grade 9 in the 2012-13, or 2013-14 school year must earn at least 26 credits to complete the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Program.  A student must demonstrate proficiency in the program requirements listed at 19 Administrative Code 74.74.

A student who entered grade 9 in the 2012–13 school year or thereafter must earn at least 26 credits to complete the Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Program.  A student must demonstrate proficiency in the program requirements listed at 19 Administrative Code 74.74.

Education Code 28.025, 19 TAC 74.74

Students Entering Grade 9 in or After the 2014-15 School Year

A student entering grade 9 in the 2014-15 school year or thereafter may graduate and be awarded a regular high school diploma if the student meets one of the following conditions:

  1. The student has demonstrated master of the required state standards in 19 Administrative Code Chapters 110-118, 126-128, and 130 and satisfactorily completed credit requirements for graduation under the foundation high school program applicable to students in general education as well as satisfactory performance on the required state assessments, unless the student’s ARD committee has determined that satisfactory performance on the required state assessments is not necessary for graduation.
  2. The student has mastered the required state standards cited above and satisfactorily completed credit requirements for graduation under the foundation high school program through courses, one or more of which contain modified curriculum that is aligned to the standards applicable to students in general education, as well as satisfactory performance on the required state assessments, unless the student’s ARD committee has determined that state test satisfactory performance is not necessary. The student must also successfully complete the student’s IEP and meet one of the following conditions consistent with the IEP:
  3. the student has obtained fulltime employment, based upon the student’s abilities and local opportunities, plus mastering sufficient self-help skills to enable the student maintain the employment without direct and ongoing educational support of the local district.
  4. the student has demonstrated mastery of specific employability skills and self-help skills that do not require direct ongoing educational support of the local district.
  5. the student has access to services that are not within the legal responsibility of public education, or employment or educational options for which the student has been prepared by the academic program.

When the student receives a diploma under item 2(a), (b), or (c), the ARD committee must determine needed educational services upon the student’s or parent’s request to resume services, as long as the student meets the age eligibility requirements.

19 TAC 89.1070(b), (k)

Curriculum May Not Vary

TSBVI may not vary the curriculum for a course in the required curriculum based on whether a student

is enrolled in the Minimum, Recognized, or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Program.  Education Code Chapter 28.

SUBSTITUTIONS

No substitutions are allowed for high school graduation requirements in the Recommended and Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Programs, except as provided by State Board rule. 19 TAC 74.63(d), .64(e), .73(d), .74(e)

AP or IB Courses

College Board Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses may be substituted for required courses in appropriate areas. These courses may be used as electives in all three high school graduation programs. 19 TAC 74.61(k), .71(i)

Reading

TSBVI may offer a maximum of 3 credits of reading for state graduation elective credit for identified students under 19 TAC 74.71(f).

College Courses

A student may comply with the curriculum requirements under the Minimum, Recommended, or Advanced/Distinguished Achievement High School Program for each subject of the foundation curriculum and for languages other than English by successfully completing appropriate courses in the core curriculum of an institution of higher education.  19 TAC 74.11(i).71(j)

Physical Education Substitutions

Other Physical Activity

Up to one credit for any one of the physical education courses listed in 19 Administrative Code Chapter 74 [see EHAC] may be earned through participation in cheerleading.

Credit for any physical education course may be earned through participation in the following activities:

 

  1. Athletics and
  2. Appropriate private or commercially sponsored physical activity programs conducted on or off campus. TSBVI must apply to the commissioner for approval of such programs, which may be substituted for state graduation credit in physical education.  Such approval may be granted under the following conditions:
  3. Olympic-level participation and/or competition includes a minimum of 15 hours per week of highly intensive, professional, supervised training. The training facility, instructors, and the activities involved in the program must be certified by the Superintendent to be of exceptional quality.  Students qualifying and participating at this level may be dismissed from school one hour per day.  Students dismissed may not miss any class other than physical education.
  4. Private or commercially sponsored physical activities include those certified by the Superintendent to be of high quality and well supervised by appropriately trained instructors. Student participation of at least five hours per week must be required.  Students certified to participate at this level may not be dismissed from any part of the regular school day.

Restrictions

All substitution activities must include at least 100 minutes per five-day school week of moderate to vigorous physical activity.

No more than four substitution credits may be earned through any combination of substitutions listed above.

Student With a Disability or Illness

A student who is unable to participate in physical activity due to disability or illness may substitute an academic elective credit in English language arts, mathematics, science, or social studies for the required physical education credit.  A credit allowed to be substituted may not also be used by the student to satisfy a graduation requirement other than completion of the physical education credit.  The determination regarding a student’s ability to participate in physical activity must be made by 0.the student’s ARD committee if the student receives special education services under Education Code Chapter 29, Subchapter A.  19 TAC 74.12(b)(6)

Student With Physical Limitations

If a student entering grade 9 during the 2007–08 school year or thereafter is unable to comply with all of the requirements for a physical education course due to a physical limitation certified by a licensed medical practitioner, a modification to a physical education course does not prohibit the student from earning a Recommended or Advanced/Distinguished High School Program diploma.  A student with a physical limitation must still demonstrate proficiency in the relevant knowledge and skills in a physical education course that do not require physical activity.

Education Code 28.025(b-10)–(b-11); 19 TAC 74..62(b)(7), .63(b)(7), .64(b)(7), .72(b)(6), .73(b)(6), .74(b)(6)

PREREQUISITES

A student may not be enrolled in a course that has a required prerequisite unless:

 

  1. The student has completed the prerequisite course(s);
  2. The student has demonstrated equivalent knowledge as determined by the School; or
  3. The student was already enrolled in the course in an out-of-state, an out-of-country, or a Texas nonpublic school and transferred to a Texas public school prior to successfully completing the course.
  4. The student no longer meets age eligibility requirements.

19 TAC 89.1070(b), (e)-(f), (k)

TSBVI may award credit for a course a student completed without having met the prerequisites if the student completed the course in an out-of-state, an out-of-country, or a Texas nonpublic school where there was not a prerequisite.

19 TAC 74.71(k), (l)

GRADUATION OF TSBVI STUDENTS

Modifications Contrasted to Substitutions

Modified curriculum and modified content refer to any reduction of the amount or complexity of the required knowledge and skills in 19 Administrative Code Chapters 110-118, 126-128, and 130.  Substitutions that are specifically authorized in statute or rule must not be considered modified curriculum or modified content.  19 TAC 89.           1070(l)

Employability and Self-Help Skills

Employability and self-help skills are those skills directly related to the preparation of students for employment, including general skills necessary to obtain or retain employment.  19 TAC 89.1070(j)

A student receiving special education services may graduate and be awarded a regular high school diploma if the student meets one of the following conditions:

Completion of General Education Requirements

 

  1. The student has satisfactorily completed the state’s or TSBVI’s (whichever is greater) required standards in 19 Administrative Code Chapters 110–128 and Chapter 130 and credit requirements applicable to students in general education for graduation under the Recommend or

    Advanced/Distinguished Achievement or Foundation High School Program, including satisfactory performance as established in Education Code Chapter 39, on the required state assessments.
  2. The student has satisfactorily completed the state’s or TSBVI’s (whichever is greater) required standards in 19 Administrative Code Chapters 110–118, 126-128 and 130 and credit requirements applicable to students in general education for graduation under the Minimum High School Program, including participation in state assessments. The student’s ARD committee shall determine whether satisfactory performance on the required state assessments is necessary for graduation.

Completion of IEP

  1. The student has satisfactorily completed the state’s or TSBVI’s (whichever is greater) required standards in 19 Administrative Code Chapters 110–118, 126-128 and 130 through courses, one or more of which contain modified curriculum that is aligned to the standards required under the Minimum High School Program as well as the credit requirements under the Minimum High School Program, including participation in required state assessments. The student’s ARD committee shall determine whether satisfactory performance on the required state assessments is necessary for graduation.  The student must also successfully complete the student’s IEP and meet one of the following conditions, consistent with the IEP:
    1. Full-time employment, based on the student's abilities and local employment opportunities, in addition to mastering sufficient self-help skills to enable the student to maintain the employment without direct and ongoing educational support of the School or local district;
    2. Demonstrated mastery of specific employability skills and self-help skills that do not require direct ongoing educational support of the School or local district; or
    3. Access to services which are not within the legal responsibility of public education, or employment or educational options for which the student has been prepared by the academic program.

Employability and self-help skills are those skills directly related to the preparation of students for employment, including general skills necessary to obtain or retain employment.

The ARD committee shall determine needed educational services upon the request of the student or parent to resume services, as long as the student meets the age eligibility requirements.

19 TAC 89.1070(b), (g), (k)

Summary of Academic Achievement Evaluation

Students graduating under the above provisions shall be provided with a summary of academic achievement and functional performance as described at 34 CFR 300.305(e)(3).  The summary must consider, as appropriate, the views of the parent and student and written recommendations from adult service agencies on how to assist the student in meeting postsecondary goals.  If the student is graduating based on completion of his or her IEP, the evaluation under 34 C.F.R. 300.305(e) shall be included as part of the summary.  Students who participate in graduation ceremonies but who are not graduating under 19 Administrative Code 89.1070(b)(3) and who will remain in school to complete their education do not have to be evaluated.  19 TAC 89.1070(h)–(i)

Graduation of Military Dependents

Course Waiver

School officials must waive specific courses required for graduation if similar coursework has been satisfactorily completed by a military dependent student in another district or must provide reasonable justification for denial.  Should a waiver not be granted to a student who would qualify to graduate from the sending school, TSBVI shall provide an alternative means of acquiring the coursework so that graduation may occur on time.

Transfers During Senior Year

Should a military dependent transferring at the beginning or during the student’s senior year be ineligible to graduate after all alternatives have been considered, the sending and receiving districts shall ensure the receipt of a diploma from the sending district if all graduation requirements have been met.

Substitute Passing Standard

The commissioner shall adopt a passing standard on one or more national norm-referenced achievement tests for purposes of permitting a qualified military dependent to meet that standard as a substitute for completing a specific course otherwise required for graduation.  The passing standard is available only for a student who enrolls in a public school in Texas for the first time after completing the 9th grade or who reenrolls in a public school in Texas at or above the 10th grade level after an absence of at least two years from Texas public schools.  Each passing standard in effect when a student first enrolls in a Texas public high school remains applicable to the student for the duration of the student’s high school enrollment, regardless of any subsequent revisions.

Education Code 162.002 art. VII, A, C [See FDD]

Graduation of Students Receiving Homeless Services or from DFPS

If an 11th or 12th grade student who is homeless or in the conservatorship of the Department of Family and Protective Services transfers to a different school district and the student is ineligible to graduate from the district to which the student transfers, a diploma must be awarded from the prior district if the student meets the graduation requirements and makes such request.  “Student who is homeless” has the meaning assigned to “homeless children and youths” under 42 U.S.C. Section 11434a.  Education Code 28.025(i)

POSTHUMOUS DIPLOMA

Beginning with students enrolled in grade 12 during the 2005-06 school year, and on request of the student’s parent, TSBVI shall issue a high school diploma posthumously to a student who died while enrolled at grade level 12, provided that the student was academically on track at the time of death to receive a diploma at the end of the school year in which the student died.  “School year” includes any summer session following the spring semester.

Education Code 28.0254

Adopted:          1/11/80

Amended:        1/6/81, 11/13/81, 11/11/83, 9/21/84, 7/12/85, 5/30/86, 1/14/88, 6/1/89, 9/22/89, 5/30/91, 9/27/91, 1/29/93, 11/15/96, 1/30/04, 1/26/07, 11/16/07, 9/20/13, 8/9/19

Reviewed:        5/25/05